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Changes in the Mâori Income Distribution: Evidence from the Population Census

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  • Sylvia Dixon

    (Motu Economic & Public Policy Research)

  • David C. Maré

    (Motu Economic & Public Policy Research)

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This paper uses census data to identify the main changes in the individual-level income distribution of working-aged Mâori between 1991 and 2001, and to analyse the effects of changes in the distribution of socio-demographic attributes and labour market activity patterns on the Mâori income distribution. There was substantial real income growth at most points in the income distribution, and particularly at points above the 30th percentile, but a decline in real incomes at the very lowest percentiles. The socio-demographic and labour market changes considered help to explain much of the income growth that was recorded at lower- middle to upper levels of income. However, they fail to account for the increase in the proportion of people with negative, nil, or very low incomes.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Labor and Demography with number 0509006.

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Length: 74 pages
Date of creation: 12 Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:0509006

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Keywords: Individual income distribution; Inequality; Mâori;

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